By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- A teenager registered more than 10 times the legal limit for alcohol after she passed out during a high school football game last month, according to authorities.
Officials called 911 after they found the 16-year-old girl lying unresponsive on the floor of a bathroom at Sherando High School during a football game on Sept. 2. The juvenile had consumed alcohol and passed out, Frederick County Sheriff's Capt. John Heflin confirmed days later. Rescue workers took the teenager to Winchester Medical Center.
The girl was released from the hospital the next day, Heflin said.
Tests show the juvenile had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21, according to a deputy investigating the case who cited information received from the girl's mother.
The legal limit for alcohol in adults at least 21 years old is 0.08 percent. However, in Virginia, that limit for anyone under the age of 21 is 0.02 percent.
Investigators then sought a juvenile petition to charge the girl with underage possession of alcohol, according to Heflin. Her name was withheld because of her age, Heflin said. Sherando officials and the school resource officer investigated the incident. The report Heflin cited did not state whether the teen drank alcohol on or off school property.
Authorities looked into how she obtained the alcohol.
Documents filed in Winchester Circuit Court and made available Tuesday reveal more information about the events leading up to the investigation. Deputy R.M. Shenk, of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, filed an affidavit seeking a warrant to obtain medical records from the girl's visit to Winchester Medical Center.
"I observed the female ... who was unresponsive," Shenk states, recalling the events of Sept. 2. "While the paramedics were assessing her condition she was asked if she had taken any drugs or alcohol and [the girl] stated, 'Vodka.'"
The deputy states the hospital workers conducted tests on the girl.
"Her mother ... was advised by the medical staff that her daughter's Blood Alcohol Concentration was .21 percent and she relayed this information to the affiant," the deputy states.
Shenk sought the warrant relative to a charge of underage possession of alcohol and, on Thursday, seized two pages of medical records on the juvenile's hospital visit.